Sent to Commissioner Cohon
I believe you are in a very difficult position in this situation but perhaps you could take a page from a commissioner of a different sport.
1976: During the season, Finley sends Gold Glover Joe Rudi and eventual Hall of Fame closer Rollie Fingers to the Red Sox for $1 million each, and ace Vida Blue to the Yankees for $1.5 million -- then massive amounts. It is a concession of the AL West title, and Finley has no intention of re-signing them after the season. But three days after the fire sale, Kuhn voids the deals, saying they are not in the best interest of baseball.
The original trade of an All-Star player for another All-Star player with future considerations given by both sides cannot be argued with from the standpoint of INTEGRITY.
Each team was trying to improve and willing to give up something of value to get it.
When Tom Canada indicated he was not going to report, it would have been tough to accept from a Hamilton perspective (although I am not sure if there would have been any recourse).
However, when it became apparent that Tom Canada was injured (accepting at face value the Brendan Taman claim that he was not aware that he was injured), the dynamics of the trade changed radically.
As the trade stands now it is patently unfair and the INTEGRITY of the league is now at issue:
Winnipeg receives an All-Star player and retains the rights to the All-Star player it had ostensibly traded. Winnipeg is now essentially bragging about that fact as reported on tsn.ca:
The Blue Bombers do not want Canada to get the wrong idea and are glad to have him back to the fold.
"We didn't cut (Canada), we didn't say we didn't want you. We got Zeke Moreno (for) him and now we're able to get Zeke Moreno without giving him up, so he's got to take care of his health," said Taman to the Canadian Press.
Hamilton receives a draft pick; much less than the All-Star they originally bargained for, no guarantee of ever playing in the league let alone starring in it and of absolutely no help for current season.
Does Winnipeg avoid having Tom Canada's salary count against the cap for the rest of the year because they placed him on the 9-game injured list?
I believe there are only two fair options, both of which still penalize Hamilton:
Void the trade in its entirety. Hamilton will have to deal with a disgruntled player.
Complete the trade as originally constructed with the playing rights to Tom Canada going to Hamilton. And as compensation for not receiving a healthy player in return, a draft pick to Hamilton.
The marketing pitch for the year is "It's Our League". Damn right. It is not Tom Canada's league. His rights should revert to Hamilton, injured or not. If he chooses not to report to Hamilton that is his choice. He will then be unable to play in the CFL.
I am 46 years old and have been a loyal supporter of this league for as long as I remember. I am a lifelong Ti-Cat and CFL fan. I grew up in Hamilton but live in Winnipeg and have had season's tickets here for ten years. I go to games in other cities whenever possible.
However, if this trade is allowed to stand as currently conceived, I will not attend or watch another CFL game. The stench would be just too much.
Not holding out any hope. Bye all